October 3, 2021
In our world, powerful forces are redefining marriage. Is the traditional understanding of marriage outdated?
- Historians have said that Jesus’ teachings on marriage was most revolutionary for human history from all of His teachings because of how it impacted all of society.
- Conjugal view of marriage is the traditional historical view which involves the whole of the two persons, uniting towards a single goal and unifies the spouses in a special way.
- Revisionist view of marriage has a primary purpose of personal fulfillment that can be adjusted or even ended when it stops fulfilling.
- What does government have to do with marriage? Our government benefits from our children to continue a healthy society.
- Three key elements of marriage are permanence (for life), fidelity (sexual faithfulness) and monogamy (one spouse).
- Jesus is calling us to renew our society and to properly understand marriage which is based on the dignity of the human person.
There are two different viewpoints of marriage. One, we could call the conjugal view, which is the traditional historical view. Marriage is the institution which unites a man and a woman to each other, and to any children born from their union. The second is the revisionist or a revised view, which sees marriage as the public recognition of a committed relationship between two adults for their own fulfillment. And in this view, marriage has no special connection to children or procreation.
There are three key elements which are normal and necessary for true marriages. They are permanence, fidelity, and monogamy. Only the conjugal view, fulfills the essential qualities of permanence, fidelity, and monogamy in marriage.